Wildlife Research, Courses & Internships

Unique travel experiences: enjoy your dream African adventure in an ethical and responsible way

Get hands-on wildlife research experience as you study African mammals, birds, ecology and wildlife management. Undertake an accredited Field Guide Course and become qualified for a career in conservation, safari guiding or hospitality.

Africa is the perfect destination for wildlife research and monitoring. Help with ongoing conservation efforts as you get up close to some of the world’s most interesting and iconic wildlife.

Volunteers on our wildlife research programmes will get involved in a variety of conservation projects - go on game drives and nature walks, monitor wild animals in their natural habitat, document animal behaviour, help in assessments to see if animals are ready for release and undertake vital game counts and territory mapping. Data from our research programmes is used for long term policy making and is essential for game park management and planning.

Our wildlife research and conservation projects include cheetah release in Namibia, wildlifemanagement and biodiversity in Zimbabwe and leopard monitoring in one of Africa’s finest National Parks.

Many of our wildlife research programmes will allow volunteers to conduct their own research while on the project. We can also help PhD students find bases for their academic research studies. If you are studying animal behaviour, veterinary science, environmental studies or zoology and need to carry out short research projects for your degree, please let us know!

If you are interested in a career in conservation or guiding, take one of our accredited FGASA Level 1 Field Guide courses and take the first step to a new adventure! These courses are popular with gap year travellers and those who want to take an extended bush holiday to further their own knowledge.

Mary S United Kingdom This programme is a fantastic place for anyone who wants to play an integral part in the fight against poaching. You get the chance to be up close and interact with the magnificent rhinos and elephants on a daily basis, but if you want to you also get a chance to play a practical and on-going rol...
Jan H Australia I spent 2 weeks at this amazing place and could move there permanently. Working so closely with the elephants and the rhino was a dream. The awe inspiring community and the projects and long term goals took me by surprise, and as such has left a space in my heart. The people are wonderful and very...
Yvie A United Kingdom I volunteered in Hwange National Park and right from the start I loved landing at Victoria Falls Airport, and then being whisked literally 40 minutes down the road in a no-roof 4x4 vehicle to what felt like the middle of the bush, and being instantly asked to set up my tent for camping! I felt inst...
James G UK We chose this programme because it allowed us to bring our four children aged 8-12, enabling us to volunteer as a family. We stayed in a beautiful cottage with plenty of space and a lovely garden and the food was great - roast beef and yorkshire pudding was a highlight for me! On the old maps of ...
Erika W UK So many special moments! Where to start! Amy and I arrived late in the evening in the pitch black. Mike and two other volunteers, Steve and Bryan, stayed up to welcome us – everyone else was in bed! In the morning we woke up early to a strange banging noise, looked out the window and saw t...

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Endangered Wildlife Conservation Location: South Africa
How much: from US$1,525 (2 weeks)
Support award-winning conservation to save endangered and threatened wildlife species in Africa. Make a direct contribution, and get involved in some of South Africa s most important and exciting cons...
Elephant & Wild Dog Conservation Location: Namibia
How much: from US$1,715 (2 weeks)
Play a part in the long-term conservation of two iconic species: the African wild dog and African elephant. Work in northern Namibia to mitigate the conflict between these animals and humans. As h...
Large Carnivore Conservation Location: Namibia
How much: from US$1,695 (2 weeks)
Help reduce the human-carnivore conflict in a remote area of Namibia. Monitor the progress of released cheetah and leopard in a spectacular environment and get back to basics as you live in Namibia s ...
Wildlife Warriors - Advanced Anti-Poaching Experience Location: South Africa
How much: from US$1,695 (2 weeks)
Do you have a passion for the outdoors and a desire to actively contribute to the protection of endangered and vulnerable animals? Gain practical experience in advanced anti-poaching techniques and wo...
Wildlife Courses - South Africa and Botswana Location: South Africa
How much: from US$1,295 (1 weeks)
Become a guardian of nature and grow your wildlife knowledge, through amazing practical experiences in some of Africa’s most spectacular wilderness areas. If you want to experience a bush ho...
Marine Conservation & Dive Master Location: Mozambique
How much: from US$9,273 (12 weeks)
A fantastic opportunity to combine marine conservation volunteering with a professional Dive Master course. Study manta rays and whale sharks up close and learn more about endangered marine species. M...
Wildlife Research Programmes, Malawi Location: Malawi
How much: from US$1,550 (2 weeks)
Join expert research teams and deliver applied conservation research on the reintroduction and management of key wildlife in Malawi. Malawi is rich in wildlife but the biodiversity is threatened b...
Veterinary Internship, Malawi Location: Malawi
How much: from US$1,950 (2 weeks)
Volunteer with local vets in Malawi and get involved in all aspects of animal care and husbandry, with a particular focus on animal health. Work with a diverse range of animals including primates, ant...
Mozambique Horse Riding Internship Location: Mozambique
How much: from US$1,800 (2 weeks)
A perfect working holiday in one of the world’s finest beach riding destinations. Ride along untouched, white, sandy beaches and on stunning coastal trails, as you join horse safaris next to the...

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